Thank you for visiting the Brickley Center’s Counseling Services website. We recognize that your wellbeing is an important part of getting the most out of your college experience. It impacts your personal, academic, spiritual and relational life. Our Center aims at providing a professional, confidential and safe place to get help and support for any ENC student.
Why Do Students Seek Out Counseling Services?
Here are just a few examples of issues addressed in counseling: adjusting to college, loneliness, sadness/depression, relationship issues, stress, anxiety, sexual issues, sexual abuse, trauma, bipolar illness, eating issues, academic problems, alcohol and drug use/abuse, grief, premarital or serious relationship counseling.
This is not meant to be a comprehensive list. We are available to consult with you on whatever you may wish to talk about.
When To Seek Help
Check out our guide on When To Seek Help.
- Counseling sessions are free for traditional undergraduate students. To qualify for counseling, the student must be currently enrolled in 8 credits.
- Graduate and Adult Studies: The first session is free. The second and subsequent sessions are $20 per session.
Call our receptionist at 617-745-3892 to schedule an appointment or stop in at the Brickley Center.
You can also email the director at email@example.com to set up a time to meet with someone.
In cases of a mental health emergency, students should come to the Brickley Center and let the receptionist know that this is an emergency and that you need to be seen by a counselor as soon as possible. If after hours, students should contact their Resident Director or the Security Office on-campus at 617-745-3911. If you are off campus and are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Other Emergency Numbers/Hotlines
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Local: Call Aspire Health Alliance at 1-800-528-4890 to speak to a crisis team member
Faculty and Staff Guide for Helping Students in Distress
A great site for college students regarding wellness and mental health issues, including stress, anxiety, and depression. This site has important information on how to help a friend, maintaining healthy relationships, and the option to take a self-evaluation.
Take a Confidential Screening
An online screening for depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress can help you decide whether a consultation with one of our counselors would be helpful.
Depression and College Students
Understanding Eating Disorders
When To Seek Help
“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
There are many ways to get support. Some seek out friends, family members, religious leaders, and counselors. Sharing our concerns can be helpful especially if we feel supported and understood. Sometimes we need advice or someone to help us come up with options, and sometimes we may need someone to just listen or be present with us.
There are times when we need to speak to a counselor about an issue confidentially. In the Brickley Center we would encourage students to speak to a counselor if any of the following is indicated:
- When it is difficult to focus and concentrate
- When you feel a lack of motivation and energy
- You feel so overwhelmed that it is difficult to figure out what to do next
- A change in your eating habits, weight gain/loss
- Abusing alcohol and/or drugs
- Extreme jealousy
- Missing too many classes/assignments
- Feel a need to be alone in a way that is different from being energized by “just getting your space”
- Feeling sad or depressed and not like yourself
- Having thoughts of harming yourself, suicidal thoughts (see emergency services below)
- Feel stressed or anxious in a way that seems to take away enjoyment or focus
- Relationship stressors with family, peers, or intimate relationships that interfere with your sleep or focus/concentration.
These are just some reasons to consult with a counselor, though there are other reasons as well.
Brickley Center receptionist: 617-745-3892.
Brad Thorne, Director: 617-745-3894, firstname.lastname@example.org
In cases of a mental health emergency, students should come to the Brickley Center and let the Office Manager know that this is an emergency and that you need to be seen by a counselor as soon as possible. If after hours, students should contact their Resident Director or the Security Office on-campus at 617-745-3911. If you are off campus and are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Other Emergency Numbers/Hotlines:
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Local: South Shore Mental Health: 617-774-6036 to speak to a crisis team member
Tips for Adjusting to College
It takes some time to settle in to your college routine. Allow some time before you start feeling comfortable. Missing your family, friends and the predictable is normal.
College will be different from your campus visits because you are now a student and no longer a visitor. As a visitor, you didn’t need to manage your time, read 3 chapters in each class and figure out how you are going to get your paper in on time tomorrow.
Participate in activities of interest and also those that might be a stretch. This will help you meet different people, have fun, and possibly help in determining what some of your interests are from a career and extracurricular activities perspective.
It takes time to develop friendships. Some happen quickly but good friendships take time to develop. Enjoy this process of learning more about others and sharing life together.
Be sure to plan out your time for classes, study, work, and play! Time management can be learned! Buy a weekly planner or see the Center for Academic Success (CAS) on the 3rd floor of Gardner Administration building for useful tools. Schedule things that need to be in the schedule and then look at the time you get to manage i.e.study time, working out, free time, etc. Certainly be flexible with this as it benefits you.
Talk to your professor if you are struggling with a class. They might be able to refer you to resources that would be helpful and come up with a strategy that might help!
If you find that you are struggling with an issue and it is impacting your satisfaction with life, it is best to deal with it sooner rather than later. Talk to a friend/confidant, pastor, chaplain, RA/RD, or a Brickley counseling staff member. Do not let this impact you negatively throughout the semester as it can pull down your grades or cause disruption to your relationships.
Nourish your mind, body and soul! Take care of yourself. Be sure to study hard, exercise, eat well, get your rest and experience God’s presence throughout your day.
Get some sleep! Loss of sleep can affect your ability to do well in your studies and leave you vulnerable to illness.
Finally, it is more than ok to ask for help! It has been said that this is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of wisdom. There are experienced professionals who want you to succeed at Eastern Nazarene. The services that are available to you are located in Student Life, Chaplain’s Office, Center for Academic Services, and the Brickley Center for Counseling, Career, and Health Services.
May you experience God’s presence and blessing as you adjust to college life at ENC! We wish you the very best!